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If you aim to cheat the devil, you owe him an offering.

–James Delos to William (S2:E4 "The Riddle of the Sphinx.")


James Delos is a character in HBO's Westworld, he is the founder of Delos and the father of Logan and Juliet. He is played by Scottish actor Peter Mullan.

Biography

Background

From his accent, James Delos was born in Scotland and was known to have been a "self-made" man by founding the company of Delos. He also had at least two children: Logan and Juliet. His children are American.

Season One

Was mentioned by William.

Season Two

"Reunion"

James Delos is first seen visiting Sweetwater early in the the park's history. With the Hosts, including Dolores Abernathy and Teddy Flood frozen around them, James and William have a conversation about the potential of the park. William tells him that if James can't see the potential for data-mining of the guests, then he is not as good a businessman as he has heard. James likes William's courage at challenging him, and invites him to tell him what kind of ideas he has in mind.

Later, James is at his retirement party, having seemingly passed over Logan for control of the company in favor of William. James mentions that he does not have much time left and coughs repeatedly, indicating that he is ill.

"The Riddle of the Sphinx"

We see James in a stylish apartment, and he is notified he has a guest. It turns out to be William, and James asks when he will be able to get out of his confinement. William tells him that they are monitoring him, and need to do some tests on him to determine if he can be released. This scene repeats several times, including when William is the age of the Man in Black, and we find out that James is a host in whom they have implanted the memories of James as a test. Host James appears to be lasting a number of days working fine, but eventually he breaks down and the Westworld staff have to burn down the apartment and start over again.

Eventually, William comes to the realization that trying to keep Delos immortal was a mistake, and leaves an unstable malfunctioning Delos to wreak havoc on his apartment, telling the technician to avoid incinerating him and keep him under observation for a few days.

Bernard and Elsie find a locked room in a secret lab in Sector 12, where host James is barely functioning after having been left alone for so long, having destroyed the most of the room and killed the technician. After a scuffle Bernard manages to incapacitate host James, and Elsie incinerates him to put him out of his misery. They realize that Delos wants to sneak whatever technology they used to resurrect James Delos out of the park through Peter Abernathy.

Relationships

William

William and James have a close, but not tension free, relationship. James trusts William with his business when his health fails - rather than letting Logan run it.

Juliet

Juliet is James Delos's daughter.

Logan

Logan is James Delos's son.

Emily

Emily is James Delos's grandaughter, Juliet and William's daughter, they seemed to have had a good relationship when she was a kid.

Gallery

Notes

Lisa Joy has confirmed that Delos's repeated incineration is a metaphor for him being in hell.[1]


References

  1. Interview with Lisa Joy about "Riddle of the Sphinx"
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